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I recently met a farmer who said “I got into farming because I didn’t want to sit in front of a computer!”, and I’m sure she’s not alone. Oftentimes the farm accounting is at the bottom of the list of farm chores. Farm accounting can be tedious and daunting to those who are unfamiliar with spreadsheets, accounting terminology, and computer accounting software.
This spring went from cold to hot and dry. Seed corn maggot, flea beetles, and cucumber beetles are already out and causing problems. Leaf miner has started laying eggs and is likely hatching and starting to mine.
The Penn State Extension Spring Orchard Meetings provide opportunities to tour innovative specialty crop enterprises and hear from fruit specialists who are working on the critical issues facing the tree fruit industry. (free)
Dry spring weather may mean it is time to cut your hay crop.
Cucumbers, Summer Squash, and Winter Squash have a number of serious pests: cucumber beetles, squash bugs, and vine borer. Cucumber beetles also transmit bacterial wilt, squash mosaic virus, increase the incidence of powdery mildew, black rot and powdery mildew. Make sure you use cultural controls to manage these pests from the start!
Catalan, Spain has a culture of good food, pure delicious olive oil, cured meats, cheeses and wines. Here are some marketing tips from Catalan.
Basic recommendations for keeping packing areas sanitary.
One question prospective beekeepers have is: “Where will I get the bees?” There are four possibilities. Package bees, nucs, swarms and established colonies.
PA IPM has put out a new publication, "Vegetable Integrated Pest Management with an Emphasis on Biocontrol: A Guide for Growers in the Mid-Atlantic."
A group of 12 young growers just returned from touring fruit growing regions in Central California. Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance Network Tours provide experiential training in sustainable production practices and encourage innovation among this next generation of growers.
Mistakes made in planning and planting an orchard cannot easily be reversed. Before establishing a new orchard block, it is important to carefully assess all the factors that will ultimately affect fruit quality and orchard sustainability. Proper planning includes evaluations of business goals, management style, site characteristics, and market potential.
Backpack sprayers are very useful tools for crop farmers to have on hand. Whether your farm is large or small, newly established or centuries old, certified organic or conventional, there is a spot for a backpack sprayer or two on your farm. However, to make the most of a backpack sprayer, we recommend that you make some upgrades to the sprayer wand assembly and of course, keep your sprayer calibrated.
Here are some practical tips when looking to manage pastures this spring.
Organic fruit growing in the Mid-Atlantic Region can be successful and profitable with careful study and planning. There are natural features in the Mid-Atlantic region that offer nearly ideal conditions for growing high quality organic fruit. Also, the market in this area for locally grown organic fruit far exceeds the current production capacity of existing organic fruit farms.
Disease management begins with the fundamental understanding the three factors must be present and interact for disease to develop. These include: 1) a susceptible host crop; 2) the pathogen and 3) an environment that is favorable for the pathogen. This concept is called the disease triangle and all disease management practices can be related back to breaking/disrupting one or more of these interactions.
Penn State Extension is hosting a day-long program on the science of produce handling and the art of produce marketing. This workshop is appropriate for new employee training and as a refresher for existing employees. The Retail Farm Market School will be held at Yoder's Restaurant and Buffet, New Holland, on Wednesday, March 11 from 9:30 to 3.
Many times when we introduce our products to the marketplace, we don't always think about how our potential customers will view the product. We may know how special our new product is, but how do we get that information to our customers?
Appropriate job descriptions communicate the image of a well-managed business and can be useful in a very competitive labor market.
Record keeping templates designed by the Farmers Legal Action Group.
Fruit growers are constantly manipulating tree canopies to maximize fruit production. This is done in two ways: by pruning to remove limbs or shoots or by bending limbs or shoots in specific orientations.